Hello! It’s been a while eh? I wanted to give a little update on what’s going on with me and the podcast as I’ve been taking a break recently.
As I think I said on the podcast a while ago, I quit my teaching comics job a couple of months ago. It was (for the most part) a fun job. I loved teaching comics and I’d like to do more some time, but not in a university. While the work was good and fun, the actual job was at times incredibly stressful, to the point of affecting my health. My blood pressure was dangerously high, and I’d found that I’d stopped doing other fun things in order to do my lecturing job. Quitting was terrifying and exhilarating and my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.
Now my health is improving and I finally took some time off for perhaps the first time properly since about 2005. Hence the radio silence.
I say time off, what I actually mean is working on pitches, drawing for fun, writing, a little travel, some sedate kayaking, spending time with my wife and kids, diet and exercise. Also I spent time playing computer games. Zelda games rule and I am excited to be a goose. Life can be fun and it’s very easy to forget that.
Now that I have more time to dedicate to Proper Creative Projects (writing and drawing and more!) and I’m all excited and regenerated I want to pick your brains about the podcast. It feels like a good punctuation point here to figure out the show’s direction.
From the start, the idea was to make something useful. Whether it’s the ‘is this normal’ question answered, or a brief insight into a process that simplifies something for us, this has always been the aim of the show.
So if the show were to develop, I’d want to know what would be useful to you. I figure there are some options, not limited to but including;
Keep it as it is, it isn’t broken.
The first and most easily overlooked option. More of the same? I hear you.
Instead of doing ‘just interviews’, I’d do a season of themed shows that answer specific questions. How do you kickstart a book? How do you approach a publisher? What exactly is a pitch? Simple questions that demand complex answers.
Maybe a video series for Make/Tell? Comics are a visual medium of course so it does make sense I suppose. There’s likely a lot more research and production that would go into that though, so I might need to kickstart or explore extra funding for that.
Maybe a Make/Tell Big Book Of Process © ™ that has chapters on different approaches to different parts of the process? A fixit manual for when you get stuck or suffer a block? How to revitalise your compositions? How to set up for print? How to develop/edit your ideas? Sounds like fun to me. I’d buy that.
I’m very aware that the show is shaped largely by my own experience in comics, my background/upbringing/socio-economic situation etc. It’d be amazing to get outside of that perspective. Not sure how though; guest hosts? ‘Sibling’ podcasts? A Make/Tell network of shows? Who knows? You might know!
My problem is that I don’t yet know what I don’t know. I’m really eager to get back in and make this thing I make more useful than ever.
Hopefully you made it this far. If any of this has resonated with you if you have suggestions, questions, opinions or just want to say hi, please let me know. Leave a comment or email me - [email protected]